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Investment Performance and Policies

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June 30, 2011

The Portfolio and its Management

At June 30, 2011 the market value for total investments of the University at Buffalo Foundation and Affiliates (UBF) amounted to $685.2 million, as compared to $632.9 million in 2010. These funds are managed under the supervision of UBF’s board investment committee. More than forty professional investment managers currently share in the administration of the portfolio, with performance monitored by the trustees. Included in this total are certain investments, known as the Endowment Portfolio and having a market value of $626.6 million at June 30, 2011, which are managed and administered on a pooled basis.

Endowment Portfolio Investment Strategy

The primary investment objective is to maximize total investment return while preserving the inflation-adjusted purchasing power of the portfolio. This should provide a relatively predictable, constant and stable (in real terms) stream of funds for current use. Total investment return is the sum of interest, dividends and capital appreciation.

Endowment Portfolio Performance Compared to Benchmarks for Fiscal 2011


Total Return
Endowment Portfolio 20.1%
Policy Benchmark 19.1%
U.S. Equity Managers
Endowment Portfolio 30.1%
S&P 500 30.7%
Dow Jones US Total
Stock Index
32.4%
Non-U.S. Equities
Endowment Portfolio 28.5%
MSCI AC World ex USA Net 29.7%
Hedge Funds
Endowment Portfolio 7.1%
HFR Fund of Funds 6.7%
Real Assets
Endowment Portfolio 39.1%
S&P North American
Natural Resources
44.3%
Fixed Income
Endowment Portfolio 8.3%
BC Aggregate 3.9%
Private Equity
Endowment Portfolio 21.7%
Venture Economics
All Private Equity Index
12.7%

*Key to Indices


Policy Benchmark: Comprised of 16% S&P 500, 5% MSCI Prime Market Growth, 17% MSCI EAFE Index, 6% MSCI Emerging Markets Index, 6% BC Aggregate, 6% Citi World Govt Bond Index, 5% BC US TIPS, 2% 91 Day T-Bill, 20% HFR Fund of Funds, 5% S&P North American Natural Resources Sector Index, 1.5% NCREIF Townsend Blended Index, 9.0% Venture Economics All Private Index, 1.5% Mercer Illiquid Natural Resources Index
S&P 500 Standard and Poors 500 Index
MSCI Morgan Stanley Capital International
HFR Hedge Fund Research, Inc.
NCREIF National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries
EAFE Europe, Australia, Far East
BC Barclays Capital
DJ Dow Jones

Endowment Portfolio Performance Compared to Benchmarks for Fiscal 2002-2011

The accompanying chart reflects the ten-year performance for the Endowment Portfolio in comparison with over 700 other colleges and universities across the country.

Average Annual Compounded Nominal Return Fiscal Years Ended June 30
  Total Return NCSE Median* # of Funds* UBF Percentile Rank*
2011 20.1% 19.2% 765
47
2009-2011 2.2% 3.1% 682
68
2007-2011 3.5% 4.7% 646
79
2002-2011 5.2% 5.6% 456 64

* Compiled by Mercer Investment Consulting, Inc. using data previously published in the 2011 NACUBO - Commonfund Study of Endowments (NCSE).

Asset Allocation Policy

The proper distribution of investments among various asset classes allows UBF to honor spending policies, maintain risk tolerance and stability, produce appropriate investment returns, and achieve long-term objectives.

Asset allocation at June 30, 2011 was as follows:


By Manager Type Endowment Portfolio Stage 1 Target Long Term Target
Growth Assets      
•US Equity      
-Large 5.8% 6.0% 3.0%
-Large Growth 4.0% 5.0% 5.0%
-Large Quality 9.6% 10.0% 9.0%
       
•International Equity      
-Large 17.1% 17.0% 13.0%
-Emerging Markets 6.1% 6.0% 5.0%
       
•Private Equity 10.6% 9.0% 15.0%
       
Risk Reduction Assets      
•Cash .6% 2.0% -----
•US Fixed Income 6.0% 6.0% 6.0%
•Global Fixed Income 5.8% 6.0% 6.0%
•Hedge Funds 19.0% 20.0% 20.0%
       
Inflation Protection Assets      
•US Inflation Protected Fixed 6.6% 5.0% 3.0%
•Real Assets 8.8% 8.0% 15.0%
       
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%

NOTE: Targets adopted as of December 31, 2010.  Stage 1 target is the current goal. Long term target is goal for 2015.

Spending Policy

Spending is defined as funds made available from the portfolio for university programs and administrative expenses, exclusive of management, brokerage and custodial fees.

A formula governs the portion of total return made available each year for spending with an objective of maintaining purchasing power relative to inflation. This formula allows spending to increase by the predetermined annual growth rate of 3% as long as spending stays within 3.5% and 6% of the three-year average market value of principal. Special spending rules are followed for individual endowments where the value has fallen below historic dollar value.

Endowment Portfolio Performance -1993 until 2012

A $1,000,000 gift on July 1, 1992 invested in the Endowment Portfolio would have been worth $1,763,429 as of June 30, 2011, and prior to the fiscal year 2012 distribution. In addition, $1,551,536 would have been distributed for spending needs over the same period.

 

  Performance of $1,000,000 Endowment

A $1,000,000 gift on July 1, 1992 invested in the Endowment Portfolio would have generated $47,802 for spending in Fiscal Year 1994, with the annual distribution growing to $109,659 for Fiscal Year 2012. This annual growth in spending compares favorably to inflation rate growth over this same period.

Spending from $1,000,000 Endowment

 

 

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